From gaming and retail, to making utility payments or checking lab results, we are increasingly becoming a mobile-first society. As of 2023 the number of Internet users worldwide reached 5.18 billion, which equates to around two thirds of the global population reaching for their connected devices to complete everyday tasks. 

As traffic traversing the web expands, businesses are requiring a more scalable, reliable, high performing and dedicated access service to optimally run their operations between their local area network (LAN) and the public internet. Whether you’re a small- to medium-sized business or a large-scale enterprise, finding a transport provider with a reliable network, dependable customer service, and a low latency connection to the internet is vital to keeping your business running smoothly. 

To achieve this, most organizations will increasingly rely on Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) as the preferred solution for mission critical bandwidth-intensive enterprise programs and applications, such as remote access, video and web conferencing, web-based video training, and VoIP.

Dedicated Internet Access vs. Broadband

First, let’s distinguish between Dedicated Internet Access and Broadband Internet.

Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) refers to a private or fully dedicated connection between the internet and the customer. Enterprises, data centers, government institutions, and many businesses require a fully dedicated connection allowing large amounts of data to be transferred at faster speeds to scale with growing business demands.

Broadband access refers to a shared connection to the Internet, with a set amount of bandwidth that’s usually included in a fixed package with speeds that vary depending on network traffic and can fluctuate widely depending on location and the time of day.

As more businesses offer remote work options and cloud deployments continue to rise across enterprise organizations, Internet traffic has risen to all-time highs. This growth requires that organizations have high-capacity, reliable, and high-performing Internet access to optimally run operations between their LAN (local area network) or WAN (wide area network) and the Internet.

Enterprises of all sizes can benefit from choosing DIA over broadband.  From scrappy startups to hyperscalers, virtually anyone can derive value from a dedicated, reliable network with faster speeds to better serve their customers. Listed below are some of the unique advantages of DIA.

  • Increased bandwidth to support all cloud application environments – DIA is a business class service that offers organizations high performance Internet access, with fully dedicated bandwidth options from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps designed to exceed the performance of broadband. Additionally, DIA offers symmetrical service that provides the same level of download and upload capability. This is a critical differentiator for organizations that are hosting databases or streaming content and require expanded bandwidth to manage pushing data up at the same rate that other organizations are downloading content. 
  • DIA is more reliable – DIA enables businesses to operate without interruption on a fully dedicated and diverse fiber connection, with service backed by multiple tier 1 Internet providers. This provides organizations with more efficient IP routing, reducing latency and ensuring traffic reaches its intended destination quickly.
  • Stronger SLAs – Dedicated connections also allow for more robust SLAs than broadband, and includes availability, latency, and packet delivery performance. Widely adopted DIA practices ensure that NOC and dispatch services are available 24x7x365. Many broadband SLA also offer “next day” commitments, which is a key advantage for a service focused on supporting consumer subscribers.

Benefits of FiberLight’s Enhanced Dedicated Internet Access

For companies looking to upgrade to DIA to meet the growing demands of business, it’s important to look at network connectivity, service availability and experience.

Network Connections 

FiberLight’s Enhanced Dedicated Internet Access peers with multiple upstream providers to increase network uptime, speed, and enhance its DIA capabilities. Our expansive network provides customers with the ability to take advantage of varied Internet traffic patterns in and out of Texas and across the southeast region of the United States. By specializing in building new, diverse routes into hard-to-reach locations, FiberLight is able to provide a true alternative for unique buildings and markets, enabling our partners to greatly increase their network capacity and provide end-users greater reliability, speed and access.

Another advantage of FiberLight’s DIA over broadband is access to MAR (Metro Aggregate Route) fiber rings in all of its markets. Where most providers charge for the ability to reroute traffic in the event of an outage or congestion, the FiberLight network automatically directs traffic on the fastest path. FiberLight continues to focus its efforts on building new, diverse routes into hard-to-reach locations in order to provide a true alternative for unique buildings and markets.

Maximum Uptime

Increase uptime and productivity via protected IP gateways and upstream access to the Internet with automatic network failover that routes traffic to the nearest geographic gateway and market.

Just like Tier-4 data centers, FiberLight connects with multiple peering partners to minimize the risk of downtime. Our industry-leading connectivity and performance, expansive network footprint, and redundancy planning all help ensure maximum uptime and, ultimately, accelerate your business.

Unparalleled Experience in Delivering DIA

With more than 20 years of unparalleled experience designing, engineering, and optimizing large-scale fiber networks, FiberLight offers unmatched expertise in providing state-of-the-art, dense fiber networks to support customer needs. FiberLight knows what it takes to deliver state-of-the-art technology that goes beyond metropolitan areas. In fact, we are specialists when it comes to going deep and wide in rural areas to deliver fast and reliable Internet connectivity.

To learn more about FiberLight’s Enhanced DIA, visit https://www.fiberlight.com/solutions/dedicated-internet-access/